Alternatives to Pesticides
It's Easy to Go Pesticide Free!
Across the Capital Region, citizens are embracing pesticide free gardening as a healthier way to manage landscapes.
Manage Pests - without Pesticides
There are many natural ways of dealing with pests. Read our Pest Info Sheets to identify pests and how to deal with them naturally. Read more >>
Tips for a healthier garden – no pesticides needed!
Read our Healthy Garden Guide for more information on an assortment of pest problems and pesticide-free solutions. Have a look at our organic lawn and garden fact sheets. Read more >>
Five Steps to a Healthy Lawn
- Mow on a high setting
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn
- Water wisely - only 1" (2.5 cm) per week
- Aerate and de-thatch as needed
- Take leftover pesticides to an authorized dealer
What are the risks from pesticides?
There may be risks associated with the use of pesticides. There is a need to err on the side of caution when it comes to the use of pesticides in urban communities. There is uncertainty on the health and safety risks of low-level pesticide exposure, especially in children. Pesticides also pose risks to the environment including plants and animals.
Pesticide and pesticide containers are one type of household hazardous waste. Find out how you can safely dispose of these items to protect your family's health and the environment. Read More >>
Which low-risk pesticides can I use?
The lowest risk pest management is not using any pesticides at all. But if you have already tried other methods and you have decided a pesticide is necessary, consider using the lowest risk pesticides first.